Janet Jackson, The Weeknd To Headline Global Citizen Festival NYC
The bill for 2018's Global Citizen Festival NYC on the Great Lawn in Central Park on Sept. 29 was announced on Aug. 7. GRAMMY winners Janet Jackson and the Weeknd will headline with Shawn Mendes and GRAMMY nominees Cardi B and Janelle Monáe. Started in 2012 by the Global Poverty Project, The free, ticketed event is a reward for acts of activism and is closing in on 16 million such actions, each trying to make the world a better place.
GRAMMY winner John Legend will appear as special guest and the event will be hosted by Deborra-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman. Nominated for an Oscar and winner of Emmy and Tony awards, Jackman began 2018 with the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. His wife, Furness is both an exceptional actress and activist, known especially for her work on behalf of orphans and pro-adoption.
Cardi B and Shawn Mendes have both had No. 1 albums this year as well. Her debut Invasion Of Privacy peaked in April, and his self-titled third studio album reached the top in May, his third No. 1 album. Of course we've also learned to expect Legend to live up to his name, repeatedly, but 2018 was the year we learned he could deliver a great live performance as Jesus in the televised special version of "Jesus Christ Superstar."
On Dec. 2, 2018, Global Citizen is heading to Johannesburg, South Africa for the Mandela 100 Global Citizen Festival, as we reported last month, with headliners including Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran. Also, back in 2011, a year before the first festival, Legend headlined a Global Citizen concert in Australia to raise funds to fight polio.
While activist impulses are based on a generous spirit, this event and its community are made up of dedicated people who have gained for themselves from their commitment to giving and working for change. September's festival in the park is likely to be both a fun and enriching opportunity to feel that spirit.
Information including how to earn tickets for Global Citizen Festival NYC are available on the organization's website.